Rufous Hummingbird on Castelleja sp.

Wilding or perhaps more appropriately “rewilding” the garden looks at gardens in a different way than the usual tamed spaces that have dominated gardening for the past few decades.

Instead of attempting to control nature the goal is to invite nature back to our gardens.

In our current environment where climate change, loss of habitat and unceasing human incursions into wild areas is putting  all species at risk, letting go of old values and ways of gardening and embracing the wild side is an important way for gardeners to contribute to creating healthy ecosystems, with habitat for wildlife, and even cumulatively modify our climate.

Topics include:

  • Overview of the situation
  • Principles and practices of rewilding, including designing a new garden or ‘retrofitting’ an existing one, including the lawn
  • Cultural practices including building biodiversity of plant life and providing shelter
  • Specific projects to engage interest in providing habitat, such as nesting boxes, feeding and water stations, as well as shelter
  • Citizen science and advocacy

This workshop will look at the down to earth design and cultural practices that we can use to make our gardens refugia for pollinators, other beneficial insects, birds and other life.

Janet Melrose, is a well-known Calgary garden expert, specializing in Garden Education, Horticultural Therapy and advocating for a Sustainable Local Food System. Now co-author of the ‘Prairie Gardener’s Go-To’ series of books. Find her on Facebook as “Calgary’s Cottage Gardener”.

Workshop will be Thursday June 10 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm via Zoom.

Those who have registered for this talk will receive an email the day before the event with the online details. Both CRAGS members and non-members should register through Eventbrite at this link. The talk will not be recorded.